Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3716)

Last Updated: 30 Jul 2014
The award and certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication qualifications are designed to be wide ranging qualifications that allow learners to develop effective communication. It is designed to be taught or facilitated by a variety of professionals and carers including teachers, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists.
You'll learn to communicate through non-verbal means including symbols and word boards and sophisticated electronic communication aids.
The award and certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication are for anybody who has little or no natural speech.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Scotland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

While completing this qualification, you'll cover things like:

  • developing conversation skills
  • directing others
  • expressing feelings and preferences
  • using Remote Communication as a communication tool.

You'll learn at your own pace, usually with a group. You'll probably prove your skills by completing writing tasks or talking about your learning with your assessor.

Which level is right for me?

Entry Level 2
You have some basic communication skills and want to learn new non-verbal ways to express yourself.

Entry Level 3
You may have a qualification at Entry Level 2 and want to continue to make progress with your communication skills, learning new techniques and using new technologies.

Level 1
You have gained basic communication skills at entry level and want to continue to make progress and advance with new techniques and skills.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications do not lead to any specific jobs or careers, however candidates may progress into further studies.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

In order to deliver this qualification, you will need qualified assessors - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

Centres offering the Award and Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication must have a positive communication policy, resources and have a commitment to the use and development of the AAC systems, both high and low technology in all situations.

Centres should also have access to a speech and language therapist for assessment and advice on language communication skills, selecting and developing the most appropriate AAC systems.

To find the requirements for assessment please see the qualification handbook for further details.

No previous experience or qualifications are required.

Entry 2

Entry Level 2 is ideal if you have some basic communication skills and want to learn new non-verbal ways to express yourself.

The award and certificate require you to complete one mandatory unit:

  • Conversation Skills: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 2).

For the award, you also complete two credits from a range of optional units, including:

  • Developing Communication Skills (Entry 1)
  • Directing others: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 2)
  • Organise own Augmentative and Alternative Communication equipment (Entry 3).

For the certificate, you also complete 10 credits from a range of optional units, including:

  • Developing Independent Living Skills: Having your say (Entry 1)
  • Asserting Independence: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 2)
  • Dealing with Problems in Daily Life (Entry 3)

Please note that learners wishing to achieve the Entry 2 Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication must take 50% or more credits from the level they are claiming.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications do not lead to any specific jobs or careers.

Entry Level 2, 3 and Level 1 Award and Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3716-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2017

Entry level 2 Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Accreditation No: 501/1048/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 14 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 140 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level 2 Award in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Accreditation No: 501/1052/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 3

Entry Level 3 is ideal if you have a qualification at Entry Level 2 and want to continue to make progress with your communication skills, learning new techniques and using new technologies.

The award and certificate require you to complete one mandatory unit:

  • Conversation Skills: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 3).

For the award, you also complete two credits from a range of optional units, including:

  • Directing others: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 2)
  • Asserting Independence: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 3)
  • Remote Communication: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Level 1).

For the certificate, you also complete a minimum of 10 credits from a range of optional units, including:
 

  • Organise own Augmentative and Alternative Communication equipment (Entry 2)
  • Dealing with Problems in Daily Life (Entry 3)
  • Organise own Augmentative and Alternative Communication equipment (Level 1).

Please note that learners wishing to achieve the Entry 3 Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication must take 50% or more credits from the level they are claiming.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications do not lead to any specific jobs or careers.

Entry Level 2, 3 and Level 1 Award and Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3716-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2017

Entry level 3 Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Accreditation No: 501/1049/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 14 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 140 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level 3 Award in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Accreditation No: 501/1050/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

Level 1 is ideal if you have gained basic communication skills at entry level and want to continue to make progress and advance with new techniques and skills.

The award and certificate require you to complete one mandatory unit:

  • Conversation Skills: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Level 1).

For the award, you also complete a minimum of two credits from a range of optional units, including:

  • Directing others: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 3)
  • Asserting Independence: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Level 1)
  • Dealing with Problems in Daily Life (Level 1).
For the certificate, you also complete a minimum of 10 credits from a range of optional units, including:
  • Remote Communication: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Entry 3)
  • Directing others: communicating with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Level 1)
  • Organise own Augmentative and Alternative Communication equipment (Level 1).
Please note that learners wishing to achieve the Level 1 Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication must take 50% or more credits from the level they are claiming.
For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications do not lead to any specific jobs or careers.

Entry Level 2, 3 and Level 1 Award and Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3716-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2017

Level 1 Award in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Accreditation No: 501/1051/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Accreditation No: 501/1084/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 14 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 140 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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